Howard Hughes was born in Houston, Texas, on December 24, 1905. He is known as a film director and an aviator, but he was also a business magnate, inventor, aerospace engineer and philanthropist. He became a millionaire at the age of 18 by inheriting Hughes Tool Company, his family's oil tools business, in 1923, and he dropped out of Rice University and headed to Hollywood in 1925.
Hughes used a part of his fortune that he inherited from his father to produce movies. Some of the films that he produced include the 1930s hit movie "Hell's Angels," which made $8 million and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography; the 1931 movie "The Front Page," which was nominated for Academy Awards; 1927's "Everybody's Acting;" 1928's "Two Arabian Knights" and the 1928 flick "The Racket," which was also nominated for an Academy Award. He also produced the 1932 film "Scarface" and the 1943 film "The Outlaw."
Hughes was passionate about flying, and he learned to fly at Rogers Airport International in Los Angeles from pioneer aviators. He designed, built and tested several planes; however, he became a recluse after one of his prototype planes crashed during its initial test flight in 1946. Hughes passed away on April 5, 1976.